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Apparel industry Q1 results in brief: Brown Shoe Co, Belk, Express Inc
Fri, 22 May 2015 10:02:00 GMT


The first quarter revealed that retail revenues compared to expectations fared far worse than earnings expectations amongst apparel retailers, according to Ken Perkins of Retail Metrics. Brown Shoe Co said the quarter exceeded its expectations, while Belk said investment expenses continue to impact earnings. Aeropostale booked a mixed quarter as losses narrowed but sales slid nearly 20%. New York & Co is optimistic it can return to profit in its next quarter after its losses widened.
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SOURCING: Morocco invests in clothing capacity to drive exports
Tue, 26 May 2015 16:05:00 GMT


Although Morocco's garment manufacturing industry is well established, supplying giants such as Zara-owner Inditex, it is continuing to invest in capacity to compete with Asian rivals and new African competition.
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Trends in US apparel import growth from China
Thu, 28 May 2015 13:24:00 GMT


Imports of manmade fibre knit shirts and blouses from China into the US saw the biggest growth in both volume and value across all clothing categories between 2008 and 2014, according to a new report.
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Nike "cooperating" with authorities amid FIFA scam
Thu, 28 May 2015 14:49:00 GMT


US sportswear giant Nike has said it is cooperating with authorities as it emerged an unidentified sportswear company took part in bribing a Brazilian soccer official for a sponsorship agreement.
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Abercrombie has "room for improvement"
Thu, 28 May 2015 15:23:00 GMT


Teen apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co has improved sequentially in its first-quarter, analysts have said, but significant room remains to further this.
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INTERVIEW: Jason Denham raises the bar on denim innovation
Fri, 08 May 2015 14:31:00 GMT


Jason Denham has a relentless enthusiasm and passion for denim. He has been raising the bar on jeans innovation since he started out 20 years ago designing for Irish rock band U2, and his vision for growing his namesake brand includes using the most advanced washing techniques, high end fabrics, and sustainable mills.
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US textile chemicals market to exceed $2bn by 2020
Wed, 27 May 2015 16:28:00 GMT


Demand for chemicals to improve quality and add special properties to fabrics is expected to propel the US textile chemicals market to more than US$2bn by 2020, a new report has found.
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Sourcing and supply chain promotions at Columbia Sportswear
Thu, 28 May 2015 10:47:00 GMT


US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has made four key leadership appointments, two of which include SVP of global sourcing and SVP of supply chain.
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UK clothing sales pick up strongly in May
Thu, 28 May 2015 12:19:00 GMT


Sales volumes at UK retailers picked up strongly in the year to May, with expectations for next month at their highest for 27 years.
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Cambodia garment factory strikes up 74% in first quarter
Thu, 28 May 2015 12:09:00 GMT


The number of strikes at Cambodia's garment factories during the first three months of this year rose nearly 74% on the same period in 2014, according to information posted by the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC).
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Michael Kors reports "strong" Q4 despite headwinds
Thu, 28 May 2015 09:44:00 GMT


Luxury lifestyle brand Michael Kors Holdings said it was pleased with the strong performance across its segments and geographies in the fourth quarter, despite a number of headwinds.
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Sports Direct shares climb on improved outlook
Thu, 28 May 2015 10:16:00 GMT


UK retailer Sports Direct International saw its share price climb this morning (28 May) as it revealed full-year underlying pre-tax profit in line with market expectations.
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Columbia Sportswear makes sourcing appointment
Thu, 28 May 2015 10:47:00 GMT


US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has made four key leadership appointments, two of which include SVP of global sourcing and SVP of supply chain.
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Apparel industry Q1 results in brief: Brown Shoe Co, Belk, Aeropostale
Fri, 22 May 2015 10:02:00 GMT


The first quarter revealed that retail revenues compared to expectations fared far worse than earnings expectations amongst apparel retailers, according to Ken Perkins of Retail Metrics. Brown Shoe Co said the quarter exceeded its expectations, while Belk said investment expenses continue to impact earnings. Aeropostale booked a mixed quarter as losses narrowed but sales slid nearly 20%. New York & Co is optimistic it can return to profit in its next quarter after its losses widened.
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US textile chemical market to surpass $2bn
Wed, 27 May 2015 16:28:00 GMT


The use of quality enhancing chemicals during the manufacturing and processing of textiles in the US is increasing and is expected to pass US$2bn by 2020, a new report has found.
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Indonesian textile sector sees 6,000 lay-offs
Wed, 27 May 2015 15:44:00 GMT


Around 6,000 Indonesian textile workers have been laid off this year, figures show, amid rising production costs and declining domestic sales.
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Apparel industry Q1 results in brief: DSW, Chico's, Aeropostale
Fri, 22 May 2015 10:02:00 GMT


The first quarter revealed that retail revenues compared to expectations fared far worse than earnings expectations amongst apparel retailers, according to Ken Perkins of Retail Metrics. DSW made a solid start to the year, while Chico's sales and earnings were both up. Aeropostale booked a mixed quarter as losses narrowed but sales slid nearly 20%. New York & Co is optimistic it can return to profit in its next quarter after its losses widened.
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Textured Jersey to buy Quenby Lanka in $3.5m deal
Wed, 27 May 2015 12:16:00 GMT


Textured Jersey Lanka (TJL), one of Sri Lanka's leading textile mills, is to acquire fabric printer Quenby Lanka Prints for US$3.5m.
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Bangladesh Accord: Factory safety progressing slowly
Fri, 22 May 2015 16:47:00 GMT


Two years after the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh was set up, the group says it could still take at least another 18 months before corrective action plans are completed for all factories.
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Execs resign at China's Exceed as stock is delisted
Wed, 27 May 2015 11:20:00 GMT


Exceed Company, the operator of one of China's leading domestic sportswear brands, has been delisted from the Nasdaq Stock Market and says its CFO and a director have resigned, as its founder and CEO tries to take the company private.
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Vietnam garment staff return after faintings
Wed, 27 May 2015 12:06:00 GMT


Around 100 female workers at a garment factory who fainted earlier this week due to a gas leak from a neighbouring factory in the southern province of Dong Nai, Vietnam, have been released from hospital.
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Gerber Technology launches 3D visualisation module
Wed, 27 May 2015 12:09:00 GMT


3D visualisation technology is now available as an optional module for AccuMark 10, the integrated CAD pattern design, grading, planning and marker making software from Gerber Technology.
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International standards key to Bangladesh Labour Act
Wed, 27 May 2015 11:43:00 GMT


The International Labour Organization (ILO) has stressed the importance of ensuring the proposed implementation rules for the Bangladesh Labour Act comply with international labour standards.
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Clean production project moves to Asia and Africa
Wed, 27 May 2015 13:00:00 GMT


A Swedish initiative to encourage clean textile and leather production has expanded to Asia and Africa following a successful pilot project in India.
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When will Gap get back on track?
Wed, 27 May 2015 12:49:00 GMT


While new Gap Inc CEO Art Peck has a laser focus on fixing the Gap brand's woes, finding the right formula is proving elusive. Indeed, a turnaround is not now expected until mid-2016, with the spring season seen as a "no excuses moment."
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Belle International FY growth "steady"
Wed, 27 May 2015 09:55:00 GMT


Footwear and apparel business Belle International Holdings said it benefited from stead growth last year as it revealed increases in both earnings and sales.
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Peek&Cloppenburg embraces end-to-end planning
Wed, 27 May 2015 10:49:00 GMT


German fashion group Peek&Cloppenburg is launching the TXTPlanning platform to support its complex merchandise and assortment planning processes across all channels, products and countries.
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US apparel prices slide in April
Wed, 27 May 2015 10:55:00 GMT


US apparel prices declined in April, the first time since December, according to the latest figures.
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New black dye meets strict sustainability standards
Tue, 26 May 2015 13:27:00 GMT


Huntsman Textile Effects has developed a "ground-breaking" new reactive black dye that is not only free from the hazardous substance p-chloroaniline (PCA), but is also said to help textile mills cut their water and energy use.
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UPDATE: US West Coast ports contract ratified
Fri, 22 May 2015 12:30:00 GMT


The members of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have ratified a five-year labour contract with the union representing longshore and warehouse workers on the West Coast.
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China to reduce apparel import taxes
Tue, 26 May 2015 14:24:00 GMT


China is to reduce import taxes by more than 50% on some consumer goods, including apparel, in a bid to encourage an increase in domestic spending.
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Portugal footwear makers underpin solid industry growth
Tue, 26 May 2015 14:13:00 GMT


?After a difficult few years brought about by a global economic recession, Portugal's footwear and clothing industries are growing and underpinning the country's business recovery.
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Adidas launches ACE15 and X15 soccer boots
Tue, 26 May 2015 12:45:00 GMT


German sportswear giant Adidas has launched two performance football boots, ACE15 and X15, designed to give better ball control and more superior support and fit, respectively.
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Children's Place reaches shareholder resolution
Tue, 26 May 2015 12:59:00 GMT


US apparel retailer The Children's Place has reached an agreement with a dissident shareholder group following a dispute over the election of two members to the board.
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Innovation underscores Archroma denim offerings
Tue, 26 May 2015 12:59:00 GMT


Specialty chemicals company Archroma is leveraging innovative chemistry to generate new fashion-forward, eco-conscious colours and finishes for denim and casual wear.
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Ann Inc reveals mixed Q1
Tue, 26 May 2015 11:44:00 GMT


US women's apparel retailer Ann Inc revealed earnings that beat analyst expectations in its first-quarter but sales missed expectations.
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Fast-track trade bill clears Senate hurdle
Tue, 26 May 2015 11:52:00 GMT


Legislation that will potentially pave the way for a fast track vote on the long-awaited Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is edging forward after being passed by the US Senate on Friday (22 May).
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Cotton USA brand launched in India
Tue, 26 May 2015 12:24:00 GMT


The National Cotton Council of America has launched its flagship Cotton USA brand in India, which is itself one of the world's leading producers of cotton.
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Apparel industry Q1 results in brief: Foot Locker, Hibbett Sports, Aeropostale
Fri, 22 May 2015 10:02:00 GMT


The first quarter revealed that retail revenues compared to expectations fared far worse than earnings expectations amongst apparel retailers, according to Ken Perkins of Retail Metrics. Aeropostale booked a mixed quarter as losses narrowed but sales slid nearly 20%. New York & Co is optimistic it can return to profit in its next quarter after its losses widened. Bon-Ton Stores also widened its net loss, while Ross Stores reported better-than-expected results for the quarter.
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Texprocess & Techtextil 2015: Material innovations
Tue, 19 May 2015 14:22:00 GMT


A number of new eco-friendly fibre and fabric concepts that only offer more sustainable choices for clothing and footwear were on show at this month's Texprocess and Techtextil trade shows in Frankfurt, Germany. Waterborne polyurethane (PU) coated fabrics, thermoregulating fibres, and re-engineered wool-based yarns were among the highlights.
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Texprocess 2015: Software solutions enhance speed and visibility
Fri, 22 May 2015 14:52:00 GMT


Tools for improved colour communication, 3D design and prototyping, and the integration of key business functions were unveiled at the recent Texprocess trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany. And faster time-to-market, better quality, lower cost and increased productivity are among the benefits.
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Top stories this week on just-style...
Fri, 22 May 2015 10:58:00 GMT


The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at where 3D design and prototyping is heading for textiles and apparel, Brandix being named PVH's global supplier of the year, and an insight on why broad-based policies are essential to improve working conditions in the garment industry.
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Warmer weather sends UK clothing sales soaring
Fri, 22 May 2015 10:49:00 GMT


Warmer weather and an early Easter helped to boost demand for clothing in April, with sales at UK retailers soared compared to the prior month.
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Calls for investigation into Philippines factory fire
Fri, 22 May 2015 11:12:00 GMT


The Philippine government is being urged to carry out a "full and detailed" investigation into the circumstances surrounding a fire at a footwear factory in the country earlier this month, which killed 72 workers.
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Moss Bross reveals "improved" performance
Fri, 22 May 2015 13:00:00 GMT


Men's wear retailer Moss Bross Group says it is on course to deliver anticipated levels of growth after revealing an improvement in trading performance, in line with market expectations.
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Mothercare making progress as FY loss narrows
Fri, 22 May 2015 11:56:00 GMT


UK mother, baby and children's goods retailer Mothercare said it has made progress against all six strategic pillars set out in its turnaround plan as it revealed lower pre-tax losses for the year.
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West Coast Port five-year contract ratified
Fri, 22 May 2015 12:30:00 GMT


The members of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have ratified a five-year labour contract with the union representing longshore and warehouse workers on the West Coast.
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Oroton Group H1 earnings slide on costs
Fri, 22 May 2015 10:52:00 GMT


Australian retail business Oroton Group saw its earnings slide in the first half as the company worked through a period of brand repositioning and expansion of its distribution reach.
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Apparel industry Q1 results in brief: Aeropostale, New York & Co, Bon-Ton
Fri, 22 May 2015 10:02:00 GMT


The first quarter revealed that retail revenues compared to expectations fared far worse than earnings expectations amongst apparel retailers, according to Ken Perkins of Retail Metrics. Aeropostale booked a mixed quarter as losses narrowed but sales slid nearly 20%. New York & Co is optimistic it can return to profit in its next quarter after its losses widened. Bon-Ton Stores also widened its net loss, while Ross Stores reported better-than-expected results for the quarter.
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Mixed UK factory gate prices for apparel
Thu, 21 May 2015 11:37:00 GMT


The output price index for all goods produced by UK manufacturers - also known as factory gate prices - continued to fall in April, with mixed results for apparel.
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Soccer apparel and footwear sales up in US
Thu, 21 May 2015 12:54:00 GMT


With athletic apparel and footwear sales on the rise in the US, soccer is outperforming sports including baseball and American football, new research shows.
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The Buckle Q1 misses expectations
Thu, 21 May 2015 14:37:00 GMT


US denim specialist The Buckle has booked first-quarter earnings that missed analyst expectations as both sales and margins fell.
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Chico's chief executive Dyer to retire
Thu, 21 May 2015 14:52:00 GMT


David Dyer, the president and chief executive of US women's wear retailer Chico's, has announced his intention to retire.
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American Eagle Outfitters Q1 earnings soar
Thu, 21 May 2015 10:41:00 GMT


American Eagle Outfitters saw its earnings soar in the first quarter on the back of strong sales and margins.
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L Brands lifts outlook after Q1 profit hike
Thu, 21 May 2015 12:04:00 GMT


Victoria's Secret and La Senza owner L Brands has raised its full-year earnings guidance after booking a near 60% hike in first-quarter net profit.
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Shoe Carnival Q1 earnings and sales climb
Thu, 21 May 2015 11:53:00 GMT


Footwear retailer Shoe Carnival saw its earnings and sales climb in the first quarter despite a "challenging" start to the year.
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Film spotlights human cost of fashion
Thu, 21 May 2015 12:18:00 GMT


A documentary aimed at highlighting the human and environmental costs created by the global apparel industry, and factors for change, has been launched.
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Urban Outfitters chief executive Marlow to retire
Thu, 21 May 2015 12:47:00 GMT


Ted Marlow, the CEO of US lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters Group, has announced his intention to retire.
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Supply chain weighs on Kering environmental footprint
Thu, 21 May 2015 10:41:00 GMT


Luxury goods group Kering is taking an innovative approach to understanding - and changing - the environmental footprint of its business by putting a monetary value on the ecological impact racked up across its operations and global supply chain.
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Perry Ellis sets out CEO succession plan
Thu, 21 May 2015 11:12:00 GMT


Oscar Feldenkreis, the COO of US apparel business Perry Ellis is to take up the role of chief executive as part of a leadership succession plan.
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American Eagle Q1 earnings soar
Thu, 21 May 2015 10:41:00 GMT


American Eagle Outfitters saw its earnings soar in the first quarter on the back of strong sales and margins.
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What Marks & Spencer's numbers mean for clothing
Wed, 20 May 2015 16:04:00 GMT


The annual results from UK retailer Marks & Spencer have raised hopes among investors that the group is facing a brighter future. Headlines focused on M&S's first profit in four years yet, drilling down, the clothing division significantly increased profit margins even though its sales came in below company expectations. The question, however, is whether this is enough to turn its fortunes around.
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Target ups guidance on pleasing Q1
Wed, 20 May 2015 17:00:00 GMT


US retail giant Target Corp has upped its full-year earnings guidance after revealing better than expected comparable sales and earnings in its first-quarter.
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AGOA delays drag on sourcing decisions
Wed, 20 May 2015 14:01:00 GMT


Groups representing apparel and footwear manufacturers, brands, and retailers in the US and Africa are urging the quick renewal of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) - warning that delays in its passage are dragging on sourcing decisions.
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SOURCING: Tanzania adds to Africa's apparel sourcing mix
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:02:00 GMT


Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda are all ramping up their efforts to put Africa on the apparel sourcing map with a range of policies designed to encourage mills, manufacturers and buyers to invest. But another country vying for a slice of the action is Tanzania, with ambitions to offer the best overall package in Africa.
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Stage Stores narrows Q1 net loss
Wed, 20 May 2015 12:19:00 GMT


US department store retailer Stage Stores has narrowed its net loss in the first quarter and reiterated its guidance for the full year.
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Cherokee acquires lifestyle brand Everyday California
Wed, 20 May 2015 11:39:00 GMT


Cherokee Global Brands has acquired casual lifestyle brand Everyday California from owners and founders Michael Samer and Christopher Lynch.
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American Eagle signs EMEA and APAC licensing deals
Wed, 20 May 2015 12:06:00 GMT


American Eagle Outfitters has signed new license agreements in South Korea, Singapore and Greece as part of continued efforts to expand globally.
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Aditya Birla "strong" FY growth in fashion
Wed, 20 May 2015 12:46:00 GMT


Indian conglomerate Aditya Birla Nuvo has posted strong growth in its fashion and lifestyle business for the year and growth in group earnings.
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EU and Turkey to update customs union
Wed, 20 May 2015 10:18:00 GMT


The European Union (EU) and Turkey are to modernise their 20-year-old customs union and look at ways to enhance bilateral trade ties between the two regions.
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Carlos Arias to join Winds Group as CEO
Tue, 19 May 2015 10:37:00 GMT


Apparel industry veteran and denim wear specialist Carlos Arias is to take up a new post as chief executive officer of Winds Group, an athletic wear supplier headquartered in Hong Kong.
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Burberry shares slide as FY outlook slashed
Wed, 20 May 2015 11:27:00 GMT


UK fashion business Burberry saw its shares fall this morning (20 May) as it lowered its full-year outlook on foreign exchange volatility and warned of uncertainty in some markets.
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GM margin helps M&S deliver FY profit
Wed, 20 May 2015 10:52:00 GMT


UK retailer Marks & Spencer has delivered its first increase in profits in four years thanks to improved general merchandise gross margin, less discounting and better deals with suppliers.
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Karstadt focus on quick operational improvement
Tue, 19 May 2015 16:40:00 GMT


German department store Karstadt says all efforts by the company must be geared toward quickly becoming operationally better and improving profits, as it announced the closure of five stores.
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Kering files second Alibaba counterfeit lawsuit
Tue, 19 May 2015 16:52:00 GMT


Luxury goods giant Kering has filed a second lawsuit against web sales giant Alibaba over what it claims are sales of counterfeit goods on the Chinese firm's websites.
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